A bout of planned executions in Arkansas later this month would reverse progress made by the United States to reduce the number of people it executes every year.
In 2016, the U.S. put 20 people to death, the lowest number since 1991. But in Arkansas, seven men are due to be executed by lethal injection before the month ends, all within 10 days of each other. The macabre reason for the express executions? Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said the state’s supply of midazolam, one of three drugs used for executions, is about to expire. Midazolam has been used in a number of gruesome botched executions over the past few years, including Clayton Lockett in Oklahoma in 2014 and Ronald Smith in Alabama.
All of this is because of the drugs used for the lethal injection are about to expire. We should just forget about lethal injection, and got back to the electric chair. We should use the dry sponge method for criminals who committed particularly heinous crimes.